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Startup, Jolla, gets a gift from Nokia – MeeGo patents

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Startup, Jolla, gets a gift from Nokia – MeeGo patents
Earlier in the month we saw the MeeGo team leave Nokia. Shortly thereafter, the crew seemed to assemble together in the form of a new startup company called Jolla.

Apparently they left with Nokia’s blessing. In what could be called quite a remarkable house-warming gift, Nokia has gifted a handful of its MeeGo patents to Jolla so they can get their company off the ground and continue developing the platform that they are so intimately familiar with.

There is no further detail on exactly which patents where transferred, but it was probably a chuck of the patents related to projects the team worked on while it was at Nokia. Jolla founder, Jussi Hurmola, said the two companies have a “good and open relationship.”

That relationship is the product of Nokia’s Bridge project. The company described the project by saying, “Nokia will offer training, funding, and help identify business opportunities and partnerships for those interested in starting a new business or a company on their own, which can fuel new growth for impacted communities.”

Jolla hasn’t officially announced any devices yet, but Hurmola said they might launch their first release by the end of 2012.

source: SlashGear

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posted on 10 Jul 2012, 05:48 5

1. yowanvista (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


An OS like this is nothing without much 3rd party developer support nor without Quality Apps. Such is the case of Symbian.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 05:56 1

3. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


amen to that...

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 07:09 4

9. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


actually n9 can run android apps thanks to dalvik port

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 11:39 1

16. yowanvista (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Better run the real thing on your device instead of ripping some of its components off.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 14:28 2

18. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


you must be andro/ios fanboy.
have you ever tried to search for symbian apps or have you stopped at nokia store??
I profoundly believe that the right answer is the second one.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 05:52 5

2. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Best of luck Jolla hope u'll bring Meego devices to India :).. Would have loved an N9 in India

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 05:59 6

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


Jolla must be able to run Android apps, and they should keep MeeGo interface and build on it.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 06:29 4

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


i heard that meego also linux based is it? If that so nokia should corpopate with google so that meego can taste google play app. And i think google dont mind that cant deliver android os to nokia...

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 06:46 3

7. MeoCao (unregistered)


Yes, all Jolla has to do is using same API as Android. B-c Android is open source Linux and same is Meego so I don't think Google is able to prevent that even if they want.

But my guess is Google will not allow Jolla to access Play store b-c the sales will not be big and Jolla can be a real threat to Android.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 06:00 3

5. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


i knew it............when i said that nokia will gift them with meego patents, others replied to me saying that nokia will never do that, they were wrong........nokia had to do it, nokia ditched their employees and left them unemployed, so it was nokia's responsibility to give them what they deserved

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 08:59 2

13. MeoCao (unregistered)


The fact is Nokia did not do that, they just help Jolla with an incubator program but keep the patents. Check Engaget for update.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 06:55 4

8. haseebzahid (Posts: 1828; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


so its actually a nokia child company as nokia signed with MS but they dont want to abandon the meego this good move make another company and give them what they will need to get started i like this approch

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 07:38 2

10. NateAdam8 (Posts: 203; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Like to see Meego for sale in the U.S

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 07:55 1

11. azri05 (unregistered)


That shows us Linux breed is awesome!

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 09:47 2

14. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Linus Torvalds is a genius..

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 04:45 1

22. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Linus Torvalds is a real genius compared to that s**tty ungraduated b*tch Bill Gates

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 08:14 7

12. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 347; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Another reason to love Nokia
Others are Design, Build quality and support BTW

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 10:59

15. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Update: Looks like something got lost in translation. According to a statement given to SlashGear from Nokia’s Mark Durrant, the company has not given Jolla any patents. ”We’re proud of the support from our Bridge program to start-ups founded by former Nokia people,” Durrant told us, “but we have not gifted Nokia patents to any of them, including Jolla.”

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 12:03 1

17. haseebzahid (Posts: 1828; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


link ?

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 14:35

19. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


http://www.slashgear.com/nokia-gifts-meego-patents-to-jolla-startup-10237812/

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 15:04 1

20. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


This the back plan. Go rock jolla.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 19:39 1

21. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i really hope jolla will port the android apps to meego!!! it will bew the best! but still i hope the make there own market!

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 23:44 1

23. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Sounds like it'll be a Jolla good time indeed.

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